Which would you rather be?
- A person with more Skill than Confidence, OR
- A person with more Confidence than Skill.
If your goal is making the greatest impact, choice 2 will get you further almost every time. Not to mention, it just feels better.
Nope. I’m not suggesting Confidence is more important than actually knowing how to do something. You need both Skill and Confidence to excel. But at the top level of any game, skills are merely the entry card. What differentiates the Champion from the 2nd place finisher is so often how well they play the mental game under pressure. Confidence is at the core of that mental game.
Losing sucks – especially when you don’t have to
I’ve seen too many extremely talented people lose the race to someone with less talent but more Confidence. It’s demoralizing when it happens to you, and it seems unfair.
Why not bring your best?
Many people play the game believing that great skill is what will move them and their goals forward. That’s just part 1. If you’re not just as committed to having your Confidence level match your skill level, please take a second look. Confidence is a multiplier of talent. Talent x Confidence = Results.
Why does Confidence get neglected?
Confidence is a mysterious intangible for many people. It’s one of those “I’ll know it when I see it” qualities few people know how to define. But if you can’t define it, it’s really difficult to build it.
Also, Confidence gets a bad rap because people confuse Confidence with cockiness or bravado. They’re not the same, but when people confuse them they avoid building a healthy Confidence for fear of becoming something they don’t want to be.
On the other hand, “how to” skills are easier to define and measure, so they are easier to teach and learn. And they do matter very much. People invest in the sure thing they know will give them a payout instead of the mysterious intangible a mysterious intangible like confidence. It makes sense.
But what would happen for you if you multiplied your talent by a bigger Confidence factor?
Maybe you’re hoping that achieving a future success will give you the Confidence you need? That’s a myth. Confidence precedes success. And yes, then success builds your Confidence. But you start the cycle by generating your Confidence, not by waiting for success.
You probably already know how to generate your Confidence. You just need to make it as much of a priority as building your skills and knowledge.
If you don’t know how to generate Confidence, see below for some free tools to help you.
If you want to boost your performance, make sure your mental game of Confidence is as good as your skills. Today’s a great day to begin.
Free Tools to Boost Your Confidence
If you want extra support on this topic, I’ve created 3 gifts to help you.
- Free 20-minute training video about Confidence that it gives you a map to help you build your Confidence so you can eliminate the trial and error.
- Free Confidence self-assessment quiz to help you know where to invest your efforts. It takes 5 minutes to complete.
- Confidence Action Plan Workbook a step-by-step guide to help you build Confidence. (It may help to view the video or take the quiz to help you determine where to start.)
Confidence is such a multiplier for your talent. I hope you’ll build yours to the max!